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31  plum crushed velvet bed crown in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Gloomilyeuphoric on: February 16, 2012 08:49:09 AM
Made this to fill in some awkward wall space above my bed

(please excuse the terrible quality of the pictures, they were taken with a cellphone camera)

I used the particle-board backing to an old shelf I was throwing out to make the main structure of it. The board is pretty flexible, so it was easy to create the arch shape I needed. I started by cutting out a short rectangle and a rectangle twice that length of the same height, then I created the arch shape by bending the longer rectangle and securing it to each side of the shorter one with L brackets and small screws. If you were looking down onto the piece once it was bent and secured it would look like a capital D. Then I traced around the arch shape on a second piece of particle board and cut that D shape out to make a sort of roof to the arch. Once that was glued on, I then added two wall mounts to the back with screws so it could hang on a wall like a shelf.

Covering the structure with fabric was the most time consuming part. I cut out and hemmed a pair of drapes, then stapled them to the edge around the arch, putting a pleat every inch or so as I stapled them to the board. Then I covered the top with fabric and added the swag under the drapes. It would be very difficult to explain in text how to make a swag, but I'm sure there are some fantastic tutorials on this site or even youtube that would explain it more eloquently than I.

It would have been so much easier to add the fringe before, but I waited until after everything was stapled down then I hand-sewed it on. Absolutely mind numbing, I don't recommend hand sewing trims if  it can be avoided.

The drapery holdbacks are skull shaped, made from retro Halloween sucker moulds and Sculpey clay. The skull is glued to a wooden dowel rod, which is also glued to a base made of Sculpey clay. The whole thing was then painted black, and the skull painted with Elmer's glue and covered with black glitter.

The headboard under the bed crown is for a queen sized bed, so you can get a sense of its size by that.
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32  stamped cotton and satin mini journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Gloomilyeuphoric on: February 16, 2012 05:08:33 AM
I really needed a small unlined journal, so I looked all over the internet for something aesthetically pleasing AND reasonably priced... apparently nothing like that exists, so I was forced to make my own.

this is what came out of necessity

(pardon the craptacular quality pictures, they were taken with a cellphone camera)

The binding is covered with black cotton stamped with an eye design which is a hand-made stamp as well. The paint is a metallic gold to which I added a bit of gold glitter. The front and back covers are black satin.

The main book part wasn't difficult to put together. I cut the remaining pages of an old sketch pad into 3.5" x 6" strips, and folded those in half. I then used a hole-maker pokey thing to punch three holes, evenly spaced, down the crease in the middle of the strips. I separated the pages into 4 groups with the same number of pages, sewing the pages in a group together. Once the individual sections were sewn together, I sewed the sections together so they laid in a nice neat little book, one next to the other.

The front and back covers, as well as a spine were cut from the cardboard back of the same old sketch pad - these pieces were cut to be slightly larger so the pages of the book sat inside the two covers with a bit of a boarder around them. There are some useful video tutorials on YouTube for creating the binding of a book. It's a process that is sort of difficult to describe in text, but it's not difficult to do at all.

And so now I have the book I need without spending insano amounts of money

It's 3.5" x 3"
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